Inspiration

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

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The punchline is often omitted because everyone knows the answer.

Receiving an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall became the reason you woke up in the morning, the reason you tried to get into the best schools — often the one right up the street.

Moments of pride

The mug in the picture above is a souvenir from my last trip to New York. My daughter was young, too young to know what it meant, but gifted, nonetheless. She received the golden ticket, an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall.

She received the golden ticket, an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall.

They asked someone: “how do you get to Carnegie Hall?” After receiving the usual answer, they responded, as teenagers are wont to do, with a snarky, “did that; now, where do I go?”

You’ve arrived; now what?

Every skill or career choice comes with certain prerequisites that must be fulfilled before moving onto the next step. Too often, we set goals only for that initial step, one that isn’t quite at the end of our journey but at the point where success begins.

  • Promotion to leadership
  • Graduation
  • Landing a job
  • Publishing a book
  • Finding someone to spend the rest of our lives with

Going somewhere, anywhere

One of my daughter’s greatest fears when thinking about making a career in music is that she may end up as a music teacher.

All success is difficult

Whatever comes after Carnegie Hall is going to be as hard as getting there in the first place.

You never want to work that hard for anything ever again.

Before you walk on that stage, have some idea of what you will do when you step off of it. You don’t need a full goals program, just an idea to get you going when the sun rises the next morning.

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Kindle Short Reads author, martial arts fanatic, host of The Intrepid Journal. ryanmdanks.com

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